Although taking care of a fountain is relatively easy, there are specific things you should know and do to ensure your fountain will last for years. After all, the soothing sound of the water, the visual effect of the trickling water, and the benefits of adding ions back into the air have made the fountain one of the hottest items on the market today. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor fountain, you want to do all you can to keep it clean and operating effectively.

Distilled Water

For indoor water fountains, we highly recommend you use distilled water, which can be purchased at your local grocery store. The reason is that tap water contains calcium and minerals that can cause a build-up in the fountain pump and even the fountain itself. Now, if you have an outdoor fountain then regular tap water is fine but you might also add some type of protector to the water to help alleviate sludge, algae, or lime.

Winter Care

Many people do not realize that fountains need special winter care. For an outdoor fountain, you need to remember that the outdoor temperatures will fluctuate so if you live in a region where the winter months are hard and cold, you definitely need to drain the fountain and then cover it.

If possible, bring the pump indoors during the cold winter months, storing it in the garage or basement. If water should get into the pump or fountain and then freeze and thaw several times, the material is likely to crack, even if you have a concrete fountain. Therefore, we suggest you follow the manufacturer’s instructions specifically for your type of fountain and pump to ensure it lasts for years.

Follow Instructions

Finally, when buying an indoor or outdoor pump, you will be provided with instructions from the manufacturer on the best way to care for your fountain and pump. Since fountains and pumps operate differently, it is in your best interest to understand this information. In most cases, you would change the water on occasion and if you live in an area where there is a lot of blowing debris, dust, or leaves, then the fountain would need to be cleaned more often. For this, you can use a screened scoop and filter

Additional Information

Fountain Maintenance: Foutain maintenance overview from Kinetic Fountains.

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